90 pts

Essence Cabernet Franc 2018

Tasting Notes

Our 2018 Essence Cabernet Franc is inky purple, with dense and brooding aromas of black raspberry jam, charry oak, toast and mineral. On the palate it is tightly wound with loads of ripe tannins and juicy acidity with complex notes of black fruit starting to show themselves. The finish is long with lingering acidity and tannin.

Built for long term ageing, if opening in its youth, decant for a few hours and serve along roasted red meats and wild game.

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VQA Creek Shores


June's Vineyard


100% Cabernet Franc






3 grams/Litre


Our Essence line of wines are winemaker JP Colas’ expression of vineyard and vintage. Our 2018 Essence Cabernet Franc is a selection of the top barrels of French oak from our June’s Vineyard in Creek Shores. The fruit was harvest by hand in late October and was then crushed and destemmed prior to being transferred to stainless steel tanks for a cold soak and fermentation. Following fermentation the wine was transferred to French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation and aging of 18 months. The final blend was comprised of approximately 25% new and 75% seasoned oak. The wine was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling in July 2020.


91 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2021, Decanter Magazine

Bold blackberry, mulberry, with a hint of smoky, sensual oak. Plenty of purity, complexity and never-ending drive.

90 pts

Michael Godel, WineAlign.com

Concentrated from go and foiled, combatted and surely lifted by a dialled tone set to high. Wooly and nearly swarthy, some ethyl-acetone Brettanomyces involved that while working a funky magic also seems to drive the complexity in this unabashed cabernet franc. Leathery and chewy wine to be frank and oh so sure, long and structured with chocolate and wood spice all over the finish. Drink 2021-2026. Tasted October 2020.

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